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South Korean presidential candidate campaigns with 'Starcraft' maps

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 02:58:00 -0400

(image) How should politicians connect with younger voters? How do you cut through the relentless waves of promises, speeches and the rest? If you're South Korean presidential candidate Moon Jae-in, you take to Starcraft. Perhaps even more surprisingly, he's...



A 3D-printed patch could help you recover from a heart attack

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:55:00 -0400

(image) Scientists have dreamed of easily patching up heart tissue in the wake of heart attacks, but there are always gotchas: for example, it's no mean feat to replicate the complex structures of real tissue. However, there may be a solution in sight. Res...



Most habitable planets may be completely covered in water

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:24:00 -0400

(image) When you imagine what a rocky, habitable planet looks like, it's easy to picture an alternate Earth where land and oceans exist in an ideal balance. Unfortunately, that's not necessarily how it will pan out in real life... in fact, you might be surp...



IllumiBowl's latest toilet light also kills germs

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:33:00 -0400

(image) IllumiBowl's motion-activated, multi-color toilet night light may have seemed like a silly idea when it first launched, but don't laugh -- it's a practical solution if you'd rather not flick on the regular bathroom light (and momentarily blind yourse...



Pinterest doesn't want you to see it as a social network

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:02:00 -0400

(image) Believe it or not, Pinterest has never really advertised itself in the US -- remarkable for an internet giant with over 150 million users and enough clout that it can buy well-known services like Instapaper. However, you're about to see a lot more o...



First gene therapy drug proves a flop in the market

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:29:00 -0400

(image) When UniQure launched the first commercial gene therapy drug, Glybera, it promised a minor revolution in medicine. By using custom viruses to deliver genes, it could reportedly cure a rare disease (lipoprotein lipase deficiency) with just one round o...



Thousands descended on DC to march for truth and science

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:00:00 -0400

(image) A balmy Friday evening gave way to a miserable Saturday, with low, gray clouds that blotted out the sun and soaked Washington DC with rain. That wasn't enough to stop thousands of people — from all over the country — from gathering on the...



Apple threatened to drop Uber's app over iPhone tagging (updated)

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:33:00 -0400

(image) Uber is no stranger to trouble, but it may have landed in some especially hot water two years ago. New York Times sources claim that Apple CEO Tim Cook held a face-to-face meeting in early 2015 to call out Uber's Travis Kalanick (and threaten to remo...



Livestream's Mevo camera can broadcast to YouTube Live

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 12:00:00 -0400

(image) Last year, Livestream's Mevo became the first camera with integrated Facebook Live streaming. Now the video streaming platform is giving its device a few more major upgrades, including support for Android and YouTube Live. The camera can now broadcas...



The best toaster

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:30:00 -0400

(image) By Brendan Nystedt and Michael Sullivan This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions...



Ben Heck's super glue gun: Gears, Arduinos and motor drivers

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 09:00:00 -0400

(image) We're making progress with the Super Glue Gun project, though we've hit a problem and we could use your help. To push the glue sticks into the gun, we need motor control. For this we're prototyping with ATTiny24, Arduino, and TRIACs, all while di...



YouTube will fight fake news by offering workshops to teens

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:28:00 -0400

(image) Google is already flagging fake news, but it knows that isn't always enough. People need to recognize what fake news is, too. To that end, its YouTube wing just launched an Internet Citizens program that will teach UK teens to spot fake news throug...



Europe may harmonize how internet companies fight hate speech

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:57:00 -0400

(image) Internet companies are already taking action against hate speech, but it's no secret that they don't always tackle it in the same way. One may delete the hostile material immediately, while the other might spend days reviewing it before taking actio...



Artificially bright clouds might save the Great Barrier Reef

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:31:00 -0400

(image) Australia's Great Barrier Reef is dying due to changes in ocean temperature, and conventional attempts to save it (such as improving water quality or limiting fishing) haven't panned out. However, scientists might have an unusual approach that works...



China proves its first resupply spacecraft can reach orbit

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 20:59:00 -0400

(image) China's space program just hit a milestone: according to Reuters, its first cargo probe has successfully proven that it can ferry supplies to orbit. Tianzhou-1 took off from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in the mainland on April 20th. In the e...



Verizon's Galaxy S8 won't help you shop on Amazon

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:25:00 -0400

(image) Samsung already gave a heads-up that Bixby wouldn't be complete when the Galaxy S8 launched, but Verizon customers will have to make do with less than most... for a while, anyway. The American carrier has confirmed to CNET that its version of the S8...



Britain has its first day of coal-free power in 135 years

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:56:00 -0400

(image) Coal power has been a fixture of British culture ever since the country's first plant went live in 1882. It shaped the Industrial Revolution (and the air pollution that followed), was involved in major labor disputes and even led to a famous album c...



YouTube fixes Restricted Mode issue censoring LGBTQ+ videos

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 16:25:00 -0400

(image) YouTube says it has fixed the issue that made Restricted Mode a bit too restrictive. The option was supposed to make the website more suitable for minors when switched on, but its older version also filtered out millions of harmless videos, including...



'Avatar' sequels start arriving on December 18th, 2020

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:57:00 -0400

(image) James Cameron has spent years drumming up hype for his Avatar sequels with little to show for it (the first sequel was originally due this December). However, his team is finally ready to commit to specific release dates -- for all the new movies. Th...



Recommended Reading: Juicero and the Silicon Valley hype machine

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:30:00 -0400

(image) Silicon Valley's $400 Juicer May Be Feeling the Squeeze Ellen Huet and Olivia Zaleski, Bloomberg We never bought into the hype of a $700 juicer, but the folks at Juicero were able convince some that its WiFi-connected device was worth the investme...



'The Last Goodbye' is the VR Holocaust memorial we need today

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:00:00 -0400

(image) You've read about the Holocaust in books and seen it portrayed in films. But it's another experience entirely to walk through the site of a concentration camp in virtual reality, led by a survivor who lost his entire family there. The Last Goodbye, w...



With the Galaxy S8, Samsung grabs the smartphone design crown

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:30:00 -0400

(image) In the interest of full disclosure, I'll admit my bias right up front: I have never liked Samsung's smartphones. The Galaxy and Note series have both been wildly successful -- so much so that they basically cemented Samsung's status as Apple's equal...



The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 09:00:00 -0400

(image) My name is Christopher Trout, your new editor-in-chief. You may not recognize my name, but chances are you've read something I've written. When I arrived at Engadget nearly seven years ago, I was a freelancer fresh off of unemployment, our rivalry wi...



Waymo says Uber hid a LiDAR device based on its technology

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 06:36:00 -0400

(image) The legal battle Waymo waged against Uber is getting more and more intense, and the Alphabet-owned division is showing no signs of slowing down. It has just accused the ride-hailing company of covering up a trade secret theft in a new set of court of...



Pinterest fixes its broken visual search tool for Chrome

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:48:00 -0400

(image) Pinterest thought it launched something cool when it added visual search to its Chrome browser in March. It was supposed to be able to pinpoint specific items in an image, say a pair of sunglasses somebody's wearing in a photo, and find pins with sim...